Apr 15, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits a single during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Nick Franklin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis Called Up

Seattle Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin (6) fields grounders during camp at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have called up Kirk Nieuwenhuis to replace Juan Lagares on the active roster.  The Seattle Mariners have called up Nick Franklin, presumably to light a fire under struggling 3B Kyle Seager.  What does this mean for your fantasy team?  Nothing, if you play in standard leagues.  But if you play in deep leagues like I do, these guys could be helpful.

The Mets look like they are prepared to leave Lucas Duda at first base, meaning many at-bats for Nieuwenhuis.  He went 3-5 with a home run in his 2014 debut, and if he can secure the number two spot in the order behind Eric Young Jr, there should be many an RBI oppotunity coming his way.

The outlook for Franklin is a bit more muddy.  Franklin’s natural position is second base, but he can play shortstop (currently occupied by Brad Miller, the man he lost the job to in spring) and third.  The Mariners didn’t pay Cano 25 million per to sit on the bench, so his opportunities at second will most likely be non-existant.  He can provide Miller with an occassional day off if need be, but I am guessing that the Mariners didn’t call Franklin up to have him ride the pine.  I think they will at the least platoon him with the struggling Kyle Seager at third, and if Seager’s slump continues on, he may take on a more permanent role.

Right now, I would wait on Franklin to see how Seattle uses him in the near future.  If he gets a few starts this week, he would be worth picking up.

If the Mets are committed to using Duda at first, Nieuwenhuis is a good pick up right now if you need help in the outfield.  If he performs well while Juan Lagares is out, he may remain on the roster past his 15 day trial.

 

Tags: Kirk Nieuwenhuis Kyle Seager New York Mets Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners

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